One of Russia’s demands for peace talks with Ukraine on Monday is that the Ukrainians halt military action. But Ukrainian Presidential Adviser Mykhailo Podoljak made it clear that the country would continue to fight.
On Monday, the twelfth day of the Russian invasion of Ukraine, representatives of Ukraine and Russia met in Belarus for a third round of talks.
Breakout expectations were low even before the start.
Kremlin Sa They will stop the invasion immediately if Ukraine requests the following:
- Stop military action.
- Change the constitution to establish neutrality.
- Recognize annexed Crimea as Russian territory and the breakaway regions of Donetsk and Luhansk in eastern Ukraine as independent states.
Adviser to the President of Ukraine, Mikhailo Podoljak, refuses to let Ukraine lay down its arms.
We are now about to begin speaking to representatives of a country that seriously believes that massive violence against civilians is an excuse. Let’s prove them wrong, he says in a joint video Twitter.
In the video, he asks the Ukrainian people to ignore what he calls “counterfeiting”, which Russia wants to appoint as Ukraine’s “special representatives”.
It highlights, among other things, Viktor Yanukovych, President of Ukraine from 2010 to 2014, who is considered a Russian. The Ukrainian people staged mass protests against the Yanukovych administration in 2013 and 2014.
Another mentioned is Yury Bogko, Ukraine’s Deputy Prime Minister from 2012 to 2014 who is also known for his desire to strengthen ties with Russia.
The creation of a Russian puppet government in Kyiv may be one of the possible goals of President Vladimir Putin in Ukraine, According to Russian experts.
Presidential adviser Podolyak says that imposing a long-term solution by force will not work.
– Everything will be in the form that Ukraine needs, and as our people said, who have already proven that Ukraine is winning, ask for it, he says in the video.
It will probably be the topic of conversation Create humanitarian corridorswhich will be able, among other things, to give Ukrainian civilians the opportunity to flee the country without being shot at, as well as the opportunity for humanitarian supplies and assistance to civilians present in the country.
On Monday, Russia offered to open civilian evacuation routes in the besieged cities of Kharkiv, Kiev, Mariupol and Sumy. Ukraine rejected the offer because many corridors lead to Russia or Belarus rather than Ukrainian territory, according to the NTB.
The previous two rounds of talks failed to secure a permanent ceasefire and Russia’s withdrawal.
But Russia agreed to a temporary ceasefire He broke it shortly afterwards.
Ukraine accused the country of using temporary cease-fire agreements to reorganize its forces and prepare for new attacks. They also say that Russia has not yet adhered to a previously planned ceasefire.
The cease-fire is a PR stunt on the part of the RussiansLieutenant-Colonel Palle Ydstebø, a department commander at the War College (KS) at the Norwegian Defense College, previously told VG.
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